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Operation Mindcrime - 2015 The Key

ARTIST: Operation Mindcrime
ALBUM: The Key
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: Frontiers Online Portal-


LINEUP: Geoff Tate, Mark Daly - vocals * Kelly Gray, Scott Moughton - guitar * John Moyer, Dave Ellefson - bass * Randy Gane - keyboards * Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Brian Tichy - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Choices * 02 Burn * 03 Reinventing The Future * 04 Ready To Fly * 05 Discussions In A Smoke Filled Room * 06 Life Or Death? * 07 The Stranger * 08 Hearing Voice * 09 On Queue * 10 An Ambush Of Sadness * 11 Kicking In The Door * 12 The Fall



Well, we've seen all the cat-fighting between the members of the original Queensryche over the last few years. The fallout has been unforgiving, unpleasant, and to be frank totally unnecessary too. A few 'UN's there. Let's get down to the nitty gritty. It didn't really achieve a lot, except for a lot of bruised egos, broken relationships and a broken fan-base. These guys totally wrote the book 'How to fuck up your Fan-Base 101'. Such is the pity. In the aftermath, original lead singer Geoff Tate formed his version of 'Queensryche' albeit with a different name. Operation: Mindcrime is the bandname, with a bunch of proven musicians trying to emulate the Queensryche sound of olde. Was Tate's move to break the legacy a good one or not? Frontiers Records in Italy obviously thought so, but let's put their new album 'The Key' to the litmus test.

The Songs
Well, the litmus test is under pressure from the 'get-go', this 47 minute affair will feel the pulling power of public opinion long before the half hour I reckon. Produced by Tate, it's hard to know how to approach 'The Key'. I feel trepidation even before putting said key into the door lock, opening the way. Musically, it's kinda dark and murky, The OMC house is draped in closed curtains with no real light to speak of. If the 1988 concept album 'Operation Mindcrime' was the inspiration behind this set, then the sentiment and influence is admirable, but it's like Tate can't quite escape from the bubble that the album built for him. Everyone has since moved on. 'The Key' is all over the place musically. It stutters, staggers and trips from one moment to the next. It's a very hard sell to melodic rockers, proggies and metallers. Of the tracks I did like, 'Life Or Death?' was quite modern, swirly and different, not unlike Lillian Axe in their early days. 'The Fall' sounded better because of its beefed up guitar, but it still struggled tempo wise. 'Reinventing The Future' was kinda cool, and is one of the better tracks onboard. That was about it for me, sorry to say.

In Summary
From the reviews I've seen so far, I think we're mostly on the same page. Fortunately, Operation: Mindcrime won't be getting anywhere my top 10 list. Probably not even my top 100 for 2015. Pass.

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#1 | Murgleis on December 04 2015 02:13:17
A couple of interesting songs, but pretty weak considering we're supposed to believe Tate was the 'brains' of QR. More likely it was Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton who did everything....The Key has none of that spark. Complete disappointment.
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